ALBANY, GA – Amidst the pandemic, Albany State University (ASU) officials are pleased to see a higher enrollment for the fall 2020 semester. This is ASU’s largest enrollment in the past three years, with an increase of nearly 6% from 2019. Under President Marion Ross Fedrick’s leadership, the University has implemented strategic scholarship allocations, recruitment strategies, and student success programs that have led to this achievement.

ASU assists students in need through the efforts of scholarships such as the Golden RAM Retention Grant (GAP Scholarship), the Local Scholars Grant and many more through the ASU Foundation. The recruitment strategy has pivoted to digital experiences to maintain student engagement, such as virtual one on one and group sessions with recruiters.

ASU has also launched student success programs to ensure continued academic excellence and student success, as part of the University’s Golden RAM Guarantee. Some of these programs are Virtual and Face-to-Face Study Table, adding a virtual component to peer tutoring and Math and English Tutoring Centers, the Academic Success Coach Initiative, and combining the enrollment service center into the one-stop-shop, RAM Central.

As ASU continues to recruit potential Golden Rams for the ’21-’22 academic year, Vice President of Enrollment Management and Student Success, kenyatta Johnson says, “Students and parents continue to be impressed by our range of over 60 programs and our continued commitment to academic excellence and student success. The student success initiatives we have launched in the past year have assisted with retention and improved upon the collegiate experience.”

The application deadline to apply for spring 2021 is November 1. In addition to multiple student success initiatives, ASU offers research opportunities, study abroad programs, community engagement, and over 50 student organizations to be a part of. Students can apply at www.asurams.edu/apply.

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MIAMI GARDENS, FL – In light of the recent events with the current pandemic, as well as the decision from Albany State to cancel the football season, the Orange Blossom Classic is disappointed to announce that the organizers will not be able to host the 2020 Orange Blossom Classic. The resurgence of the Orange Blossom Classic is significant to the community and looks forward to its return in 2021.

The organizers plan to usher in a new energy and experience during the Labor Day weekend showcase, which features Florida A&M University’s inaugural season in the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) against Jackson State University in the 27th Annual Orange Blossom Classic presented by the AEA Education Foundation, Inc. The organizers apologize for this inconvenience and ask for your understanding and patience as they process refunds during these unprecedented times.

2020 Orange Blossom Classic Ticket returns

Credit Card Purchases


Tickets purchased directly though Ticketmaster will be automatically refunded. Due to the overwhelming number of events, refunds can take up to 30 days.

Cash, Checks, and Credit Card Purchases


All other tickets purchased through Florida A&M University or Albany State University athletic departments, contact schools directly for refund policy.

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About the Orange Blossom Classic


The Orange Blossom Classic was founded by J.R.E. Lee Jr., the son of Florida A&M University’s president in 1993 in which FAMU beat Howard 9-0 in front of 2,000 fans at a “blacks-only” ballpark in Jacksonville, Fla. from 1993-1978, this was the must see game of the post season that helped establish the foundation of HBCU classics.

In 2021 Labor Day Weekend, the Orange Blossom Classic will return with Florida A&M University and Jackson State University. Our event was re-established to enhance the exposure of Historically Black College and Universities in the enriched community of Miami Gardens. Our event highlights the community’s exclusive interest in HBCUs and the roles that they play in educating aspiring professionals & developing our future leaders.

The Orange Blossom Classic will attract thousands of fans, alumni, school members and family members from these respected community with a goal to raise scholarship funds for the participating schools for years to come. Doing so, will help to support the knowledge and experience offered by the discipline, commitment and dedication it takes to be a Historically Black College & University student.

Presidents of Georgia’s publicly supported historically black colleges and universities release joint statement.

Our nation’s current state of affairs requires the attention of all leaders to champion social justice and racial inequality. But before action must come thoughtful, engaged and strategic planning. As the presidents of Georgia’s publicly supported historically black colleges and universities we present the following statement.

“We have reached a crossroads; the events of the past few weeks have made even more certain our need to address the issues of social injustice and racial inequality. Across the country, people (like our students, faculty, staff and I) are hurting, angry and weary.  It is imperative that we work together to make things better for each other, our communities and our country. We must end racism now,” says Kimberly Ballard-Washington, interim president of Savannah State University.

Paul Jones, president of Fort Valley State University, says “As a Black man in America, I can relate to the feelings of hopelessness regarding our justice system in the United States and how it is often unfair and tilted against people of color. I am not immune to society’s ills because I enjoy the privilege of being a university president. I say to those who have resisted engaging in this matter, I call on you to join us in saying enough is enough. Racism is tearing away the very fabric of our country. It is taking its toll on us all, so we all share the responsibility of making things better.”

“Racism is reprehensible in all forms. The unconscionable acts of hate that have become common place must end.  Like many of you, the injustices that I’ve witnessed in the past few months have left me feeling heartbroken, concerned and incensed. We are at a tipping point in America regarding race relations, and if we do not employ constructive solutions, we will continue to witness and experience destructive responses. The events that are unfolding are the result of legitimate pain, frustration and the symptom of a bigger problem. The social and economic injustices that continue to plague our country have to end,” says Marion Ross Fedrick, president of Albany State University.

As university presidents we are taking an active and distinct role in educating our constituents (students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members). Our institutions have a historic legacy of developing strong leaders who fight at the forefront for equality in education, social justice, and who died for civil rights.

Albany State, Fort Valley State, and Savannah State have a responsibility to create opportunities for dialogue. We must lift voices, particularly of those who are often silenced. We are entrusted with our nation’s most cherished resources, minds seeking education and enlightenment.

We must prepare this and future generations of scholars and servant leaders to manifest the freedoms that America promises. These weeks of protest, often punctuated by anger, frustration and tears, remind us that organizing, strategizing and mobilizing can make real and lasting change. By consistently taking a stand, and speaking out, we can help to prevent tragedies, like the most recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmad Aubrey, Rayshard Brooks and others from ever happening again!

In the coming weeks, our institutions will host a tri-campus symposium on race relations in America. We must all understand and respect that Black Lives Matter!“

Kimberly Ballard-Washington, interim president of Savannah State University
Paul Jones, president of Fort Valley State University
Marion Ross Federick, president of Albany State University

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ATLANTA, GA – The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) voted Tuesday, April 14, to approve a recommendation of no tuition increase for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The Regents’ action means there will be no increase for any USG student. Students will pay the same tuition rates at all 26 USG institutions for the 2020-2021 academic year as they do now for the current 2019-2020 academic year.

“One of the University System of Georgia’s top priorities is affordability, and that has never been more important than now for our students and their families,” said Steve Wrigley, USG Chancellor. “We are trying to navigate an extraordinary time. It is more critical than ever for our institutions to provide a quality education while maintaining the affordability and accessibility that helps more Georgians attain a college degree and find success in the workforce.”

The University System limited tuition increases among USG institutions to an average 0.9% annually for the past five years, well below the rate of inflation. This is the third time in five years there has been no tuition increase across the University System.

No increase in tuition allows USG to continue to offer some of the lowest tuition rates among peer public higher education systems. Out of 16 states that make up the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) USG has the fourth-lowest in-state tuition and fees for Undergraduates as four-year institutions.

Additionally, only fees related to debt payments or contractual obligations were approved for summer semester.

USG HBCU member-institutions include Savannah State University, Albany State University, and Fort Valley State University.

Tuition rates for each institution may be found here.

ALBANY, GAAlbany State University (ASU) is waving the SAT and ACT scores and the application fee for first-year students applying for the summer and fall 2020 semester. This adaption of the admissions process followed the cancellation of testing services by the College Board. This change was due to the COVID-19 pandemic and authorized by the University System of Georgia. Students will still have to meet other established requirements for admissions.

“Our promise to you, is we will ensure continuity of instruction while ASU participates in online and remote instruction. Campus leadership, faculty and staff are committed to each student’s academic success. That’s the Golden Ran Guarantee,” said Marion Ross Fredrick, president of Albany State University.

ASU has established measures, so students will received the same quality of instruction while they are taking online courses. These measures include:

  • Virtual lectures through Zoom and WebEx
  • Virtual Office Hours daily for all faculty members
  • RAM Central promise to call back 30 minutes after you leave voicemail
  • Virtual studying and tutoring services
  • Virtual Career Services resume critiques, mock interviews and more

Additionally, the ASU Foundation is providing the Local Scholars Grant. Students who graduate from one of ASU’s 28 county service area high schools are eligible (based upon availability of funds) to receive this grant.

“In these unprecedented times we ant prospective students to easily apply for admission without any added pressure,” said Kenyatta Johnson, Vice President of enrollment management and student success.

The application deadline for summer enrollment at ASU is May 1 and the fall deadline is June 1. ASU is proud to offer a multitude of programs including certificates, associates, bachelors, masters and a specialist degree.

For additional information about admissions changes and the local scholars grant, please visit ASU admissions here , email: ramcentral@asurams.edu or call 229-500-4358.

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About Albany State University

Albany State University (ASU) is one of Georgia’s diverse, educational gems. Committed to excellence in teaching and learning, the University prepares students to be effective contributors to a globally diverse society. ASU offers 13 post secondary certificate programs and 55 associate, bachelor’s, and master’s and specialist degree programs, many of which are offered fully online. For more information, visit www.asurams.edu.

ALBANY, GA – Albany State University (ASU) had a $244 million economic impact on the Albany region in 2018, according to a recent study released and commissioned by the University System of Georgia (USG).

“It is imperative that Albany State University and the Albany community have a beneficial relationship,” said Marion Fedrick, ASU President. “As an educational institution, ASU creates and supports employment opportunities and provides services that contribute to the economic well-being of Southwest Georgia and beyond. As I’ve said before, the community is critical to the success of ASU. I look forward to growing ASU’s economic impact in the future by increasing our student and faculty population, increasing our academic programs and amplifying the campus community’s involvement in the surrounding community.”

Much of the university’s economic impact is attributed to student spending, personnel services and operating expenses. A breakdown of the dollars showed that the university employed 2,818 people for a total of $107 million in labor income for the region, as described by the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia.

Results of the USG study note the following:

  • $244 million impact on the regional economy; includes employment and direct and indirect spending
  • $154 million in valued added (gross regional product)
  • 860 one-campus jobs and 1,958 off-campus jobs that exist due to institution-related spending

The study reviewed data from July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018. Area counties included in the study were Dougherty, Lee, Worth, Mitchell, Terrell, Sumter, Tift and Crisp.

The Selig study indicated that the USG’s total economic impact on the share of Georgia for fiscal year 2018 was $17.7 billion. The complete economic impact study is available on the USG website.

About Albany State University

Albany State University, a proud member institution of the University System of Georgia, elevates its community and region by offering a broad array of graduate, baccalaureate, associate, and certificate programs at its main campuses in Albany as well as at strategically-placed branch sites and online. Committed to excellence in teaching and learning, the University prepares students to be effective contributors to a globally diverse society, where knowledge and technology create opportunities for personal and professional success. ASU respects and builds on the historical roots of its institutional predecessors with its commitment to access and a strong liberal arts heritage that respects diversity in all its forms and gives all students the foundation they need to succeed. Through creative scholarship, research, and public service, the University’s faculty, staff, students, and administrators form strategic alliances internally and externally to promote community and economic development, resulting in an improved quality of life for the citizens of southwest Georgia and beyond. For more information, visit www.asurams.edu.

ALBANY, GA – Albany State University (ASU) graduated 41 dual enrolled students at the 2019 Spring Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11. All 41 students was conferred a two-year degree and a high school diploma this May.

The dual enrollment program at Albany State University allows high school students to enroll at the institution and earn credits toward high school and college graduation requirements. Yomeda Martinez, D’Amber Butts, Jalen Williams, and Meagan Jackson will receive their high school diapolmas on Friday, May 17 from Mitchell County High School.

Martinez said that she was motivated to participate in the dual enrollment program because of the opportunity it would provide.

“Just knowing that I have the opportunity to be young and graduate with such an important degree, motivated me and also my parents,” said Martinez.

The accomplishment of graduating with a high school diploma and college degree is one, she said, that makes her family proud. “They’re very proud of me. My parents are Mexican, and I was the first one in my family to graduate with so many certificates and from a university. It’s a pretty big deal,” said Martinez.

After receiving her degree and diploma, Martinez plans to continue her education and eventually pursue a career as a dental hygienist.

Students who participate in the program can save both time and money with flexible scheduling opportunities and covered tuition and expenses. Butts was motivated to participate in the dual enrollment program because of the opportunity to save money on colleges cost. After attaining her college degree and high school diploma, she plans to pursue another degree at ASU.

“After graduation, I am going to continue at Albany State for one year and a semester and receive my undergraduate degree in psychology,” said Butts.

Students who graduate form the dual enrollment program feel more prepared for their future college careers.

“I just want to put myself in the best position possible to prepare myself for college,” said Williams. “I feel like this program will better position me for success.”

Williams, who intends to pursue engineering, also plans to continue his education at Albany State University.

For more information about ASU’s dual enrollment program, click here.

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About Albany State University

Albany State University, a proud member institution of the University System of Georgia, elevates its community and region by offering a broad array of graduate, baccalaureate, associate, and certificate programs at its main campuses in Albany as well as at strategically-placed branch sites and online. Committed to excellence in teaching and learning, the University prepares students to be effective contributors to a globally diverse society, where knowledge and technology create opportunities for personal and professional success. ASU respects and builds on the historical roots of its institutional predecessors with its commitment to access and a strong liberal arts heritage that respects diversity in all its forms and gives all students the foundation they need to succeed. Through creative scholarship, research, and public service, the University’s faculty, staff, students, and administrators form strategic alliances internally and externally to promote community and economic development, resulting in an improved quality of life for the citizens of southwest Georgia and beyond. Visit www.asurams.edu for more information.

ALBANY, GEORGIA – Four Albany State University (ASU) professors have been selected to participate in the Inaugural Chancellor’s Learning Scholars program by the University System of Georgia (USG).

The Chancellor’s Learning Scholars will assist in facilitating Faculty Learning Scholars Communities, which provide an opportunity for faculty and staff to enhance their understanding of a topic related to teaching and learning.

“Faculty and Learning Communities are an ideal venue for meeting like-minded faculty who are taking this opportunity to share ideas, to exchange view points and to learn more about the art of teaching and learning through meaningful conversations,” said Dorene Rojas Medlin, associate professor and director of the ASU Center For Faculty Excellence. “The conversations should support the Center for Faculty Excellence’s vision: to have a transformative impact on faculty development through targeted support and training.”

Each of the 26 USG institutions nominated faculty members to serve as program representatives. The ASU scholars include:

  • Kelly Castro, assistant professer, radiologic science, radiologic science program director
  • Dr. Erica DeCuir, associate professor, teacher education; director of the Academy for Future Teachers
  • Uzoma Okafor, assistant professor, chemistry and forensic science
  • Mark Thomas, assistant professor, psychology

“The faculty chosen as Chancellor’s Learning Scholars exemplify the excellent quality of faculty as ASU,” said Raj Parikh, interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at ASU. “We hope this will attract more students who are serious about getting a high quality education that prepares them for careers or graduate school.

Scholars will meet regularly to learn more about areas of interest and gather insight that will help inform changes in their teaching practice. Program workshops include small teaching, pedagogy and course design, among others.

The Faculty Learning Communities at ASU will begin during the spring 2019 semester.

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Albany State University, a proud member institution of the University System of Georgia, elevates its community and region by offering a broad array of graduate, baccalaureate, associate, and certificate programs at its main campuses in Albany as well as at strategically-placed branch sites and online. Committed to excellence in teaching and learning, the University prepares students to be effective contributors to a globally diverse society, where knowledge and technology create opportunities for personal and professional success. ASU respects and builds on the historical roots of its institutional predecessors with its commitment to access and a strong liberal arts heritage that respects diversity in all its forms and gives all students the foundation they need to succeed. Through creative scholarship, research, and public service, the University’s faculty, staff, students, and administrators form strategic alliances internally and externally to promote community and economic development, resulting in an improved quality of life for the citizens of southwest Georgia and beyond. For more information, please visit www.asurams.edu.

ALBANY, GA – Albany State University (ASU) had a $250 million economic impact on the Albany region in 2017, according to a December 2018 study released and commissioned by the University System of Georgia.

According to a press released from the university, the study illustrates ASU’s commitment to empowering the Southwest Georgia region, University officials said. Much of the university’s economic impact is attributed to student spending, personnel services and operating expenses.

“Albany State University is vital to the economic development of the Albany area and the region,” said ASU President Marion Fedrick. “Higher education serves the overall community by promoting knowledge and preparing learners to be skilled professionals. In addition to providing and education, ASU creates and supports employment opportunities and provides services that enrich Southwest Georgia and beyond.”

A breakdown of the dollars showed that the University employed 2,844 people for a total of $109 million in labor income for the region, as described by the Selig Center for Economic Growth at the University of Georgia.

Results of the USG study note the following:

  • $250 million impact on the regional economy; includes employment and direct and indirect spending
  • $158 million in valued added (gross regional product)
  • 822 on-campus jobs and 2,022 off-campus jobs that exist due to institution-related spending

The study reviewed data from July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017. Area counties included in the study were Dougherty, Lee, Worth, Mitchell, Terrell, Sumter, Tift and Crisp.

The Selig study indicated that the USG’s total economic impact on the state of Georgia fiscal year 2017 was $16.8 billion. The complete economic impact study is available on the USG website.

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About Albany State University

Albany State University, a proud member institution of the University System of Georgia, elevates its community and region by offering a broad array of graduate, baccalaureate, associate, and certificate programs at its main campuses in Albany as well as at strategically-placed branch sites and online. Committed to excellence in teaching and learning, the University prepares students to be effective contributors to a globally diverse society, where knowledge and technology create opportunities for personal and professional success. ASU respects and builds on the historical roots of its institutional predecessors with its commitment to access and a strong liberal arts heritage that respects diversity in all its forms and gives all students the foundation they need to succeed. Through creative scholarship, research, and public service, the University’s faculty, staff, students, and administrators form strategic alliances internally and externally to promote community and economic development, resulting in an improved quality of life for the citizens of southwest Georgia and beyond. For more information, please visit www.asurams.edu.

ALBANY, GA – Albany State University (ASU) Board of Regents named Marion Fedrick as president of the university on August 14, 2018.

According to an press release by the university, Fedrick has been serving as the Interim president of ASU since Jan. 12, 2018. Prior to that appointment, Fedrick served as ASU’s Interim executive vice president beginning Oct. 16, 2017.

“In my visits to Albany, I am encouraged by what I see, what I hear and what I experience,” Steve Wrigley, Chancellor of the University System of Georgia said. “In meetings with faculty, staff and students, it is clear Marion’s leadership has caught their attention and made them excited for the future both for themselves and their institution. Her leadership and commitment have made a difference for this institution, and I congratulate her.”

Since Fedrick assumed a leadership role at Albany State University, the institution has undertaken several initiatives, including ongoing improvements for students’ educational and campus experiences and a comprehensive effort with faculty to reimagine the university’s academics.

“I have said from the beginning that I am truly inspired by what the future holds for the students, faculty and staff at Albany State,” Fedrick said. “They are passionate and have worked hard toward making this a truly innovative institution. I thank them, as well as Chancellor Wrigley and the Board of Regents, for their belief in me and our team as we work toward that long-term success.”

Prior to Fedrick’s current role, she served as vice chancellor for human resources at the University System of Georgia, overseeing administration of all systemwide human resources initiatives, employee benefits programs and organizational and leadership development initiatives.

Fedrick received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Georgia and is a certified Senior Human Resources Professional.